12 days in Germany Itinerary

12 days in Germany Itinerary

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Fly
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Stuttgart
— 1 day
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Munich
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg
— 1 night
Drive
5
Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Berlin
— 3 nights
Train
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Hamburg
— 2 nights
Fly

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Stuttgart

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 30th (Mon), examine the collection at Mercedes-Benz Museum, see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Stuttgart vacation planner.

Dusseldorf to Stuttgart is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites

1
night
Rothenburg

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Marien Apotheke- Jagstheimerhaus, ponder the design of St. Georgs Brunnen, get engrossed in the history at Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus, don't miss a visit to Klingentor, then steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, and finally make a trip to Kobolzeller Tor.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg road trip planner.

Drive from Stuttgart to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

2
nights
Munich

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Fassade des Hirmer Stammhauses, stop by Oberpollinger, pause for some serene contemplation at Burgersaalkirche, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Munich planning site.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Shopping

1
night
Nuremberg

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Elisabethkirche, don't miss a visit to Weinstadel, then see the interesting displays at Bernstein Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls of Nuremberg, and finally examine the collection at Historischer Kunstbunker.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums

2
nights
Dresden

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 4th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Armoury / Rustkammer, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Martin Kirche, then take some stellar pictures from Winzer Lutz Muller, and finally stop by Tradition & Form. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Lutherkirche Radebeul, don't miss a visit to Church of Our Lady, Meißen, then admire the landmark architecture of Georgenbau, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Hausmannsturm.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dresden trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Dresden takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Dresden sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

3
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Berlin

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Step off the beaten path and head to Classic Remise Berlin and Mall of Berlin. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Mitte, take some stellar pictures from Panoramapunkt, look for gifts at Rausch Schokoladenhaus, and pause for some serene contemplation at Franzoesischer Dom.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

2
nights
Hamburg

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lubecker Weihnachtsmarkt and St. Marien in Lubeck. Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Seebruecke Niendorf (in Timmendorfer Strand) and Heiligen-Geist-Hospital (in Lubeck). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Bucerius Kunst Forum, make a trip to Alte Post, look for gifts at Alsterhaus Hamburg, and rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Café Elbgold .

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hamburg trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.